This Spike Lee film examines the life of an aspiring actress in New York. She is upset by the treatment of women in the movie industry during one of her screen tests with 'QT'. Out of work ... See full summary »
Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
Get on the Bus follows several Black men on a cross country bus trip to the Million Man March. On the bus are an eclectic set of characters including a laid off aircraft worker, a former Gang Banger, a Hollywood actor, a cop who is of mixed racial background, and a White bus driver, all make the trek discussing issues surrounding the march, manhood, religion, politics, and race. Written by
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Released on 16 October 1996; approximately one year after the March itself. See more »
While driving from South Los Angeles to Washington DC, the bus takes the Pasadena Freeway north from downtown LA. This freeway ends in Pasadena and is not the way one would travel across the country. Furthermore, a bus of this size would not be permitted on this freeway. See more »
...And here comes my mama, marching across the field with a big leather belt in her hands. This belt was so wide couldn't nobody even wear it; this belt was made for whoopin' ass.
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Recumbent riders: Carol and Ken Lyon, who just happened to ride through the set on their Cross-Country Ramble from Ventura, CA, to Galveston, TX. See more »
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Performed by A Tribe Called Quest Featuring Common
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Armed with 16mm cameras, a miniscule budget financed independently by 15
different black businessmen, and a wonderful script, Spike shot "Get On The
Bus" and released it to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 1995
Million Man March. Set on a bus bound for Washington D.C., this film
examines the problems and opinions of various of black men on racial issues
in the 90's.
Family, misogyny, homosexuality, religion, violence, education, and
economics are all addressed here as well as other issues. Spike does not
only shed light on issues that pertain to black peoples involvement in
America, but the film also attacks color-consciousness among light-skinned
and dark-skinned blacks (as he did in "School Daze"). Like "School Daze,"
this may be the only other Spike Lee film that seems to be aimed directly
Black America, and Spike shows the varying degrees of complexity with his
cast of characters. There is a rage-filled actor, a homosexual couple in
the midst of separating (one out-and-proud, the other closeted), a
cop, a level-headed family man, a gangbanger turned Sunni Muslim, a naive
filmmaker, and a tired, defeated elderly man. There is also an estranged
father who sees the March as an opportunity to re-connect with his
resentful, bound-for-crime teenage son. His son has been recently
of burglary and has been ordered to remain "chained" to his father for 48
hours, the irony of which does not escape the other members on the
Given the film is almost set entirely on a bus, Spike restrains himself in
dispensing out his evolving camera and editing styles, using only a brief
sequence set in a desert to bleach the screen with a heavy yellow tint.
Many Spike Lee regulars are in the film, like Ossie Davis and Isaiah
Washington who give sound performances (Davis' "I lost everything"
is especially moving). The real notable acting is provided by Andre
Braugher as an angry, egocentric actor whose rage is fortunately balanced
for him with a healthy dose of articulated intelligence and Roger Guenever
Smith as a sensitive, bi-racial cop who works in South Central Los Angeles.
Those two really are the stand-outs in this film.
The dialogue is so flowing and casual in this film despite its topic
that you could listen to this film instead of watch it! I can't recommend
this film enough for fans of Spike Lee or fans of great dialogue. As a
Spike Lee worshipper, I rank this film in his top 5. Potent.
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